BY DAVID ANDERSON, firstname.lastname@example.org
6:10 AM EDT, September 11, 2013
Although Baltimore Ravens star Jacoby Jones could be out for a number of weeks after injuring his knee during last week's game, his spirits were high Tuesday night as he joked with fans and signed autographs in Harford County.
Jones, No. 12, is a wide receiver and kick returner, who landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated after returning a 108-yard kick for a touchdown during Super Bowl XLVII in February, and performed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
He was taken out of the Ravens' season opener against the Denver Broncos last Thursday with the knee injury, which occurred when rookie teammate Brynden Trawick accidentally collided with him.
Jones is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks while he recuperates, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Pro Bowler was all smiles Tuesday night, however, as he met young and old fans at the Ballpark Restaurant in Street, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He even recorded video messages on the phones of several fans, for their friends and relatives who could not be at the restaurant Tuesday.
He wore a brace on his right leg, but was able to walk while favoring it.
The parking lot of the Ballpark Restaurant was filled with people in purple, who were kept entertained with music, raffles and the antics of Ravens superfans John "Camo Man" Dongarra, of Forest Hill, Matt "Fan Man" Andrews, of Forest Hill, and Rick "Ravin' Rick" Dixon, of Bel Air, who were decked out in purple camouflage and Ravens headgear.
"Everybody up here is a Ravens fan," restaurant owner Joe Weiman said of the northern Harford County community that patronizes the Baltimore Orioles, Colts and Ravens-themed restaurant his family has operated since 1989.
It was not, however, just northern Harford County that was represented at the Ballpark Restaurant Tuesday.
Seth Jones, 11, of Perry Hall, traveled up with his parents and had Jacoby Jones sign his football.
"He's was amazing," Seth said of Jacoby. "He's my favorite football player."